About the Director
MarDee is an observer, listener, artist, writer and student of the heart. The youngest in her family she grew up amid conversations of life, death, God, football, prison and the rhythms of Warrandyte river.
She has studied and been mentored by some incredible elders in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Europe. She holds qualifications in Education, Performing Arts, and Counselling from the University of Melbourne, and Theology (specialising in Spiritual Direction) from the University of Divinity. She has over 35 years experience in theatre and during those years she performed, directed and produced both locally and overseas earning respect as a theatre practitioner.
As a teacher, youth counsellor, and suicide intervention trainer she has worked in local government, state education and community service sectors. She was the director of a national arts organisation, and creative director for several festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.
Currently MarDee works as a mentor, spiritual director and funeral celebrant as well as coordinating The Threshold Collective, and consulting as a partner artist with The Watercarriers. Her work involves facilitating spiritual & creative workshops and retreats for individuals, groups and organisations around Australia. MarDee brings to her work exceptional listening skills and a deep care for people, creating places of healing and spaces for the heart stories to be shared.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson